What to Do When Your Dishwasher Isn’t Cleaning

Q: My dishwasher is only two years old, and until recently, it’s done a great job. For the past month or so, it’s been a different story. Even if I run a load on the longest cycle, I end up with streaks on the glasses and smears of food on the plates and silverware. Is there any chance I can fix my dishwasher without having to call a repair-person?

A: Sorry to hear about your dishwasher woes, but you’re in good company. One of the most common complaints concerning dishwashers is their failure to clean adequately. While the problem is sometimes due to an inferior quality machine, yours performed well initially, so there’s a good chance—with a little help—it will do so again. Follow along to find out what steps you can take to fix a dishwasher that’s not cleaning, as well as best use practices to ensure that it functions optimally to keep your dishes spotless.

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